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21 April 2016 @ 01:17 am
the state and future of the community  
Hello, friends!
First of all sorry for the unplanned disappearance, it took me by surprise just like it did you - I got catered off to a mental hospital! I'd known I had some disorder or illness for years now, but could never get a proper diagnosis (I've been trying various forms of therapy but not getting it right), until now - I had a huge episode of mania and it turns out I have bipolar disorder. Serious stuff, but I'm glad to finally know, and to be getting the right treatment! I was actually lucky all this dramatic stuff happened because many people don't get diagnosed until they're twice my age. Yup, 27 is considered a young age to be diagnosed at with bipolar disorder.

Anyway, you guys stuck around with me and my erratic posting schedule for several years and we had some great times thanks to your consideration so you deserve my honesty and full disclosure.

Also if there's one thing I'm gonna do in life it's mental health advocacy. Even if I accomplish nothing more than spreading some awareness here and there I'll still consider myself to have made an impact. So I've been telling people both irl and on-line what happened to me and what I'm ill with instead of coming up with some bullshit about having had the flu or whatever.

Lastly please take care of your own and your loved ones' mental health as best as you can!

As to the community's future we've had a great run thanks to your contributions and I think 150 is a nice round number to end on. I'll leave the comm up so you can post more of your writing anytime and of course read the old works. I'll also try to finally finish that maintenance I've been trying to do, but that's been eluding me due to my worsening health up to this point (apologies for that, I did add some tags here and there, but I do know there's updates still needed). This might of course take a while as I am catching up on many things in life after that extended stay at the hospital.

Unless someone else wants to take over as the mod/prompter, consider #150 our last prompt and after that it's an endless bonus round.

Once again thanks for all our precious time together!

If you wanna hit me up you can e mail me at gruskek @ gmail . com or check out my tumblrs:

halnotharold.tumblr.com - comics, wrestling, general nerdery, personal
ladylanterns.tumblr.com - women of Green Lantern comics (and other GL media)
fyeahbatlantern.tumblr.com - Hal Jordan / Bruce Wayne
flakybandit.tumblr.com - 80s music with a heavy focus on Duran Duran and Depeche Mode, also personal at times

Me at AO3 https://archiveofourown.org/users/grus/works
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Mithen: Bruce in the Shadowsmithen on April 28th, 2016 02:04 am (UTC)
Please do take care of yourself! You've done a great job here and it's been so much fun, I really appreciate all your work!
Kat Leekatleept on April 28th, 2016 04:40 am (UTC)
Sorry for your hard time, dear. Bipolar's no fun; I've got a touch of it myself.
Leen: warspony_express on April 28th, 2016 11:13 am (UTC)
♥ Bless you so much! ♥ Take care of yourself. I hope you are able to continue to spread awareness!!! Have you considered writing a book about your life with Bipolar? That could help spread awareness. Whatever you decide to do, best of luck with it!! ♥
Thank you very much for running this comm! ♥
I shall probably follow you on tumblr, your personal/wrestling/nerd one! :D ♥
I hope you/we find someone willing to take over the com. But we do have 150 prompts and many, many comics to play with! :D
Nevanevacaruso on April 28th, 2016 11:59 am (UTC)
Thank you for being so forthcoming with us! I am so grateful to you and this community (it has done wonders for my fic-writing productivity over the past few years), and I wish you the best. <33
misura: Mr James loves numbersmisura on April 28th, 2016 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the fun prompts, and all the best! <3
payasocrookedspoon on April 29th, 2016 10:16 am (UTC)
Thanks for everything you've done for the comm and for spreading awareness of your condition. Mental health issues are no fun. Do take care ♥

If more people wanted the comm to keep going, I wouldn't mind taking it over, but I also think 150 is a good number to end on and the prompt is perfect. ♥
gruskekgruskek on April 29th, 2016 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words and the offer :) but it's been a good run, so let's see what happens next. If people chime in wanting more prompts I'd be glad to have you take over. I'm gonna make a post to run a poll on this in a while.
Kat Lee: Jubileekatleept on April 30th, 2016 06:45 pm (UTC)
Just so you know (as I don't see the poll yet), you can count me in as one definitely interested author, especially if the new mod is as free with the word count limitations with which you've always been so gracious. I was actually thinking of maybe offering to mod myself but at the same time was hoping you'd have another off, which is why I checked the comments before saying something. If crookedspoon does decide to take the reins but needs some help with tags or whatever, I'll be happy to help.

In the mean time and always, God Bless and take care. <3
I_llbedammnedi_llbedammned on July 4th, 2016 03:50 pm (UTC)
Good on you! It takes a lot of strength to keep up with your own mind at times. Thank you for keeping us running!

Who knows? Maybe one day we can even pick this up again or do random challenges. I have fun writing them, even if I don't always finish on time.